Paris tennis places second in LIC Conference
The Paris Tigers tennis team helped solidify one of their best records in recent decades with a second place finish in the LIC Tournament, finishing with 20 points, just four behind winning Robinson. Coach Stefan Aydt noted, “We had a couple of chances to upset Robinson, but couldn’t pull it out. It was disappointing to finish a close second to them, but this is still the best LIC finish we’ve ever had and the best conference finish we’ve had in (probably) at least 20 years.”
Paris was helped along on the day with All Conference finishes from Jacob Graham, Kayin Lawson, and Max Holloway. Graham was the top singles finisher, and Lawson and Holloway placed third in the doubles category. “I was very happy that Jacob Graham was able to successfully defend his singles title in the LIC. He was doing a great job of placing his shots and hitting with power In fact, he only lost 8 games out of the 44 he played.” After a first round bye, Graham won his next three matches 6-1 6-0, 6-0 6-4, and 6-1 6-2.
The other singles starter was Salem Isaf, who ended the day tied for 7th. Isaf won easily in the first round before facing the #3 seed, falling to Cameron Ireland of Robinson 6-1 7-5 in the second round. He picked up a nice win in the backdraw against Suntrup from Flora in a very competitive match 7-5, 6-4 before falling to Flora’s #2 player Nick Freeman in a fifth place match 6-1, 6-2.
After receiving a first round bye in doubles, Holloway and Lawson started off slow in their second round match, but eventually pulled it out 7-5, 6-2. In the third round, they played a very close first set against Robinson’s number one seed with lots of deuce games, falling 6-3, before losing 6-0 in the second set.
Their match for third place against the number one seed from Robinson played out very similarly to their first match, as they fell behind 4-0. They had to fight off multiple set points before coming back to win the set in a tiebreaker 7-6(7-2), and eventually the winning set 6-4.
The other doubles tandem to go were Jacob Randolph and Noah Holzer, who ended up tieing for 7th. They lost a comeback bid in the first round 7-6, 6-2. After a second round bye, they deafeated their Casey oppoents 6-1, 6-4, they put a strong effort against Newton’s number one before going down 6-2, 6-4.
Paris plays in sectionals on Friday at 11am in Casey.